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Badfellas is the story of how Ireland lost its innocence and became a hotbed of gangsterism, murder and mayhem.
Until the explosion of paramilitary violence in the 1970s, Ireland was a criminal backwater. However, petty criminals with dreams of the big time were quick to emulate the ruthless actions of the subversives. Organized crime took hold in Ireland and soon stories of armed robberies, kidnappings and murder dominated the news. After the introduction of heroin to Ireland by Dublin's Dunne family in the late 1970s, there was no going back. Since then the drug trade has become the most lucrative criminal activity in the state and Irish gangs are among the most sophisticated and deadly in the world.
Badfellas is the definitive account of the growth of Irish organized crime by Ireland's outstanding crime journalist, Paul Williams. Drawing on his vast inside knowledge and an unparalleled range of contacts Williams provides a revealing insight into how Ireland's crime scene changed so rapidly, describes the shocking depths to which Irish cirminals have sunk, explores how crime has corroded communities and destroyed families, and he examines the strategies other countries have used to tackle their criminals. Badfellas is essential reading for everyone who cares about Ireland.
balaclavas to hide their identities from the criminals. In one incident Martin Foley smashed a detective’s jaw and left him unconscious, after he’d crashed into a squad car. As a result Foley was arrested and charged with serious assault. In another act of retaliation, Cahill dug up the greens at the Garda golf club in Stackstown, County Dublin. In a sinister twist, he also ordered a murder contract on Det. Supt Ned Ryan, whom he blamed for all the hassle. A hit team was brought in from
the SCS and the other units closing in on the ground, while an ERU team set up an ambush. When Ward spotted the road block he tried to reverse away but crashed. At the same moment an ERU officer threw a stun-grenade under the getaway car to prevent the robbers opening fire. The two men were arrested following a violent struggle. Officers later discovered that the raiders were wearing bandages on their fingers and palms to avoid leaving prints behind them. They also wore wigs, false moustaches and
powder used in the manufacture of ecstasy tablets was bought from a gang in the south of Holland. Cunningham then brought the powder to a number of flats which were equipped with tablet-making machines. The tablets were vacuum-packed and placed in foil-lined boxes. Each tablet cost the Colonel about £1. When he sold one to his Irish and UK clients, he quadrupled his initial investment. Cannabis and cocaine were also sourced from a number of gangs in Amsterdam. In a typical transaction Cunningham
Brereton robbery, Patrick O’Sullivan and Christy Junior hatched a plan to cash in stolen drafts and cheques from a bank in Dublin city centre. The cockney was getting the precious documents, together with authorized signatures, from a crooked porter at the bank. They decided to cash several of them, one after the other, in Allied Irish Bank branches in London. Unfortunately the lackey they sent to cash them in screwed up. When he handed in the first draft, which Dunne had filled out for £15,000,
Gilligan were leading members, carried out several attacks on prison officers and their homes. The long-running Kellys case hit the headlines again in 1983 after several people involved were threatened and intimidated by the brothers and their associates. On the first morning of the hearing the home of the leading counsel for the liquidator was targeted in an arson attack. The State’s legal team, revenue officials, witnesses and Mr Justice Declan Costello were all given armed police protection